Posted by: AJ Demers | August 19, 2014

Of Thine Own Have We Given Thee….

This is the point in the service where the collection is taken.  However, the emphasis here is on the bread and wine, rather than the money. The bread and wine used in communion are typically purchased ahead of time, rather than furnished out of homemade bread and wine, as was commonplace in ancient times.

However, they are still presented by members of the congregation. We offer them to God and God gives them back to us in the form of Christ’s Body and Blood.

The priest prepares the table and this may be done by a deacon if there is one. There is often a special choir anthem sing during this time. A presentation hymn is sung at the end of the offertory and this is typically the well-beloved Doxology.

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